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09-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by gabro822 Quote
Thank you very much for advices and suggestions!! About the zeiss I can't find it!!
What do you plan on using the lens for?

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For the price of the 31, you could get a Pentax FA 35/2 (which gives much, but not all, of the capability of the 31) and your choice of say, a DA 15 Limited or DA 21 Limited. Food for thought...
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My idea is to use it as a portrait and walk around lens
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Hello Gabriele

The Zeiss ZK 25 is discontinued but you may be able to find it at Pop Flash, a US store that sells online, though prices have gone up since I purchased mine.

I find that the 24/25mm is better suited to a walk around lens rather than the 31. The equivalent 47mm of the 31 is a little to tight for my preference as a walk around lens.

With the 31mm when using it for portraiture photos I usually use it for 3/4 length shots but very useable for full length, just DOF increases.

And i wouldn't be concerned about having a split screen, LV is a lot more convenient and in the dark situations it is very hard to actually use the split screen. I have a standard kats eye and in low light conditions, if critical focus is needed LV is definitely my go to option.

Well hope this helps. Take care

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Just get the FA31; it is one of the greats. You can even share filters with your DA*55.
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Instead of starting a new thread. I was using the Pentax 12-24 F/4 to shoot a sunset the other day. I switched to the 31mm limited during the final moments. I think the lighting conditions were different during dusk. I didn't like the cloud formations but the image from the 31mm popped out after a bit of post processing and this effect is great! What is it about that lens that makes it do this? Is it the speed?

I was wondering if the Sigma 20mm F/1.8 could give me a similar look.
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Thank you tyronfall! Yes it's the kind of portrait i would do! For the zeiss I will search because I want to know more about this lens!
An info: does your af ring wobble on the 31mm? I've red many topics in which people ask this, but I really don't understand if is quite normal or is a problem (ps the one I should buy wobble a bit).

Traderdrew can you post the pics?

Thank you!
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QuoteOriginally posted by gabro822 Quote
Thank you very much for advices and suggestions!! About the zeiss I can't find it!!
One of the forum idiosyncrasies is that people constantly tell you to buy stuff you can't buy. You ask about a lens that is in production, they tell you about a fantastic lens that isn't. I understand that the lens is usually a big part of their world. But often, it has no hope of ever being part of mine.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gabro822 Quote
Thank you tyronfall! Yes it's the kind of portrait i would do! For the zeiss I will search because I want to know more about this lens!
An info: does your af ring wobble on the 31mm? I've red many topics in which people ask this, but I really don't understand if is quite normal or is a problem (ps the one I should buy wobble a bit).

Traderdrew can you post the pics?

Thank you!
I didn't keep the 12-24 shots but you can click my albums under my profile and see two of them. I accidentally uploaded two of the same images in an album. It doesn't quite look like what I see in my view screen but it is fairly close. The orange is more intense on my screen at home. I think the contrast and the pop out factor blows away what I typically see on the net for Florida sunset images.

Edit: Hell it looks better on flickr and I just uploaded it on flickr -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewdalerichardson/7944001452/in/photostream

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
One of the forum idiosyncrasies is that people constantly tell you to buy stuff you can't buy. You ask about a lens that is in production, they tell you about a fantastic lens that isn't. I understand that the lens is usually a big part of their world. But often, it has no hope of ever being part of mine.
The OP asked about wide-angle options,
for the kind of money that an FA 31 costs.
(I consider the FA 31 to be "normal" on APS-C,
focal length about equal to the image frame diagonal.)

Post #4 included the qualification
"if you can find one."
That said, there are several options,
such as putting out a "Wanted" post in the marketplace.
That recently helped me find a lens
that was no longer in production.
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Same here. I was looking all over for a 12-24 and posted a want ad. I arranged to purchase one within 24 hours. Lots of people dumping pentax gear atm....
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Sigma 30mm is also nice, softer bokeh then the FA31
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Thank you very much for advices and suggestions!! About the zeiss I can't find it!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by gabro822 Quote
Thank you tyronfall! Yes it's the kind of portrait i would do! For the zeiss I will search because I want to know more about this lens!
An info: does your af ring wobble on the 31mm? I've red many topics in which people ask this, but I really don't understand if is quite normal or is a problem (ps the one I should buy wobble a bit).

Traderdrew can you post the pics?

Thank you!
Mine does a little. It never affected image quality, but it made me nervous enough using the push on cap that came with it. I instead switched to FA pinch cap and a slightly longer screw on metal hood, the often mentioned Janco (Amazon.com: Janco 58MM Diameter lens adapter tube for Panasonic DMC-FZ18, DMC-FZ28, DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ38 to accept 58MM Filter, Lens caps, adapters & auxiliary lens: Camera & Photo). The wobble is gone for me.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gabro822 Quote
My idea is to use it as a portrait and walk around lens
If you are going to do environmental portraits then I think the 31mm is a good lens. For any kind of close work though it is not one I would recommend. Even though it has the FoV of a 47mm it still renders like a 31mm lens. If you are going to shoot people and head shots then I would not not recommend anything wider than 50mm, and personally I would stay between 85mm & 135mm when doing portraits. Yes, you can get nice portrait shots with a 31mm but you have to be careful with the elongation of facial features at that focal length.

I think the 31mm is an excellent lens for general walking around and environmental work, but that focal length does generate some challenges when doing portraits.
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